Mob in Fashion x POLITIX
Tuesday 10th October 2023
POLITIX is proud to collaborate with Mob in Fashion by supporting Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander creatives developing opportunities to increase representation within the fashion industry.
This season, the team at Mob in Fashion have styled our Spring/Summer collection with more ways-to-wear some of our best new styles. Shot in Cavanbah (Byron Bay), a curated selection of neutrals, blue and monotone outfits take home amongst a backdrop of natural Australian beach scenes. Photographed by Trevor King, with creative director Rhys Ripper.
Behind the scenes reel featuring new music Patterns by Maanyung.
POLITIX is committed to walking in partnership with First Nations peoples and cultures. Learn more about POLITIX’s commitment to the invitation that is the Uluru Statement from the Heart and our Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) here.
Q&A with Nathan McGuire, Founder, Mob in Fashion
You first appeared in POLITIX’s Spring Summer 2022 ‘Show Up’ campaign which relaunched the brand asking men to Show Up – looking the part, for them, for what you believe in, ready to make your mark and in the right fit. You wore a pink velvet tuxedo with the tagline ‘Show up for what you believe in. What did you show up for and what do you believe in?
That campaign was such an epic project to be a part of especially with the relaunch of Politix. Showing up for things I believe in is important to me. At this point in my life, it’s my family and those closest to me. My culture is something that I carry with me my whole life. So the issues that affect my community and how I can help my community is highly important to me. As an Aboriginal man, we live in a crucial time in society where we can make positive change.
You’re featuring as the hero talent in our upcoming Movember campaign – what does Movember mean to you?
Movember means a lot to me. Our health is so important and we can sometimes take it for granted. It’s a time to really take effort to look at our health on a full spectrum. Movember is a great way to interact with the conversation around men’s health.
What does Modern Masculinity mean to you?
Masculinity to me is being kind and good. I grew up in a time where the idea of masculinity was very narrow and I definitely did not fit that definition. I’ve always felt masculine in a very different way. So I’m proud of my masculinity and I think it is different for everyone.
What inspired you to create Mob in Fashion?
I saw a gap in representation for First Nations creatives in behind-the-scenes roles in the fashion industry. I was always the only First Nations person on set. So I wanted to create a space that was inspiring and interactive for creatives to have an entry point in fashion under the guidance of some of the best in the industry. Creating meaningful career opportunities for people and to set the creatives up for success.
What would you like to achieve in the next year with Mob in Fashion?
Mob In Fashion is always changing and growing. We are finding our feet as a company. So we are finding the right projects and working with the best brands… Like POLITIX.
What is your favourite piece of the POLITIX Spring/Summer collection?
I love the hot pink suit. It’s perfect to dress up and dress down. You can just take the jacket and wear it over a more subtle look to add a pop of colour. You can just wear the pants with a relaxed neutral or white linen shirt to bring a fun look to a summer evening event. It’s a winning outfit for sure.
Who are Mob in Fashion?
Mob in Fashion exists to elevate First Nations creatives to further increase representation ‘behind the scenes’ in the fashion industry. We provide various programs and industry relationships to help equip First Nations creatives with on-the-job learning, training placements, networking and relationship building opportunities, plus pathways to employment, internships and scholarships.
As a First Nations-led company, we are blazing a trail forward by providing meaningful and culturally grounded career opportunities and experiences.
Forever evolving, we now work with Australia’s leading fashion brands and companies acting as a creative agency which allows us to continue our training within industry. Our outcomes are professional on the job experience such as assisting top photographers, hair and make-up artists, stylists and Creative Directors.